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Seasonal News & Tips

Check back often for seasonal tips about what's going on in our area, updates on local pest and disease outbreaks, weather impacts, and more.

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Five Best Northeast Ohio Trees For Colorful Fall Foliage

What would fall be without the autumnal change from green to brilliant shades of orange, gold, red, and purple? Colorful fall leaves are almost magical and especially nice when the prettiest trees are planted in your own yard. That’s why we created this list of the best landscape trees for fall color in our part of the country!

Our favorites are well-adapted, Northeast Ohio native trees sure to perform beautifully in our area. Any of these five beauties will add big color to your fall landscape.

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A Quick Checklist to Keep Trees Healthy This Fall

Many new trees are planted across Northeast Ohio during fall, which is wonderful! However, it’s important to remember that your newly planted trees will rely on you to help them grow and thrive.

Follow this checklist to keep all of your trees, both new and old, healthy during the fall season and into winter.

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Fall Planting Guidelines for Northeast Ohio

The autumn season—late August through mid-October—is an ideal time to plant in Northeast Ohio. The key is to plant the right things the right way. Here are our recommendations for what to plant and how to care for it.

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Introducing Our New Operations Manager – Bob Cooley

Meet Bob, an ISA Certified Arborist and our new Operations Manager. He’s here to make sure you get the tree care services you need, when you need them.

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The Effects of Heat Stress on Your Trees

Are your trees suffering from heat stress? Just like people experience heat stress or heat stroke, so do trees. Here are the signs that your trees need help.

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Summer Tree Care in Northeast Ohio: Dos and Don’ts

When summer arrives we’re all excited to enjoy the beautiful, warm-weather season in the Cleveland area. But remember that as the weather changes, so should your tree care and maintenance efforts. Don’t assume that your trees will enjoy the summer season as much as you do unless they get a little bit of extra care and attention.

Here’s a quick list of summer tree care dos and don’ts to keep in mind this summer.

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How to Properly Plant a Tree

“We have seen thousands of fine trees planted with a few dry roots crowded into a little hole scooped out of sod and covered with the same. This is called planting? When will such abomination cease?” – H. Garrison (1875). Illinois State Hort. Soc. 9: 366-371. You may have heard the expression “Plant a $5 tree…

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Preventing Oak Wilt in Northeast Ohio

Oak Wilt is a deadly fungal disease that has put all oak trees in northeast Ohio at risk. Once infected, there’s no known cure for Oak Wilt – so prevention is the best option for saving your oak trees. 4 Steps To Prevent Oak Wilt Infection 1. Avoid Pruning or Damaging Oak Trees Between April…

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Best Spring-Flowering Trees To Plant in Northeast Ohio

The best spring-flowering trees are low maintenance, long-lived, and offer multiple seasons of interest here in Northeast Ohio. With many options to choose from, here are our four favorites.

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How Do Northeast Ohio Maple Trees Make Syrup?

Have you ever wondered where maple syrup comes from? This time of year in Chardon or other Northeast Ohio towns, you will notice many of the maple trees have small metal buckets attached, or a plastic tubing system running from tree to tree. Those tubes and buckets are collecting sap from the maple trees, which…

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What's Next?

Things are constantly changing in Northeast Ohio - weather, pests, and tree diseases all affect your landscape. Stay on top of what's going on so you can keep your trees and yard safe, healthy and beautiful.